Thursday 10 July 2014

2014 Emmy Nominations Roundup

By Marie Victoria Robertson

The 2014 Primetime Emmy nominations were announced today. I’m not going to transcribe everything, so please take a look at the Emmys website for all the nominees.

Anyone who was within ten feet of a computer today is guaranteed to be aware of two things related to the nominations:

  1. Holy crap, Game of Thrones! Leave some nominations for the others, okay?
  2. Orphan Black is, it seems, the best new show you, and the nominating committee, have never heard about.

Game of Thrones, with its 19 nominations including Outstanding Drama Series, an Outstanding Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage, Outstanding Writing, and a good helping of technical awards, is leading the pack this year, though it remains to be seen how many awards will be taken home. 
Peter Dinklage
It’s up against some stiff competition for Outstanding Drama, if you ask me. Breaking Bad’s final season was amazing and True Detective is another top contender. On the comedy side, Orange Is The New Black is enjoying a nice haul itself, racking up 12 nominations. 

Laverne Cox
Speaking of OITNB, Laverne Cox got a nom for Outstanding Guest Actress. This makes her the first transgendered person to be nominated for an Emmy. Congratulations, Ms. Cox! I hope there’s a win in the near future!

But oh, where is the love for Tatiana Maslany? No nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress , though a lot of worthy ladies are on that list and nothing for Orphan Black. See, Orphan Black is an odd little beast; a niche sci-fi show that seems to be flying under everyone’s radar. While the nominations are packed to the gills with various levels of sci-fi and fantasy (I was thinking of compiling a list of all the nominees that could even remotely be considered “geeky”, but man, that list would be huge!), award shows always seem wary of rewarding shows that may seem too “sci-fi”, too high-concept. I wish I could speculate why. All I’ll say is, Orphan Black and Tatiana Maslany need love. Spread the word.

In a shocking twist, The Simpsons didn’t earn a nod in the outstanding animated series category. I’m half-sarcastic when I call it a “shocking twist”. I think it’s a sign to start packing things up, Simpsons. I got a happy little grin from seeing Futurama get a nom though. I don’t think it’s a strong contender, but it’d be a nice send-off. 

I know most people tend to pay attention to the main categories, but I’ve always had a little thing for the technical awards like writing, editing, stunts, costume, makeup, etc. Fans of Arrow who were also looking at these categories probably noticed the snub for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie, a category for which series lead Stephen Amell had been actively campaigning for. 

It’s a shame, especially when a cool show like Arrow is habitually snubbed in every other category, but Stephen Amell is being cool about it. As he said on his Facebook page earlier today: “Instead of getting mad that Arrow wasn’t even nominated for Outstanding Stunt Coordination at this years [sic] Emmys, I think we’ll just go on producing the best action on television for the third consecutive year.” Right on, Mr. Amell. 

In other technical awards news, Key and Peele received a nomination for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. I read their nom was for their parody song of Les Misérables, which is a total winner if you ask me. 

Do you agree with the nominations? Who else was undeservedly snubbed? The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards will be taking place on August 25th, 2014. Who do you all think will come home with an Emmy?

Marie Victoria Robertson is a published speculative fiction writer and playwright, as well as the board president of Jer’s Vision: Canada’s Youth Diversity Initiative ( When all the other girls wanted to marry Johnny Depp, she wanted to run away with Worf on the Enterprise. She enjoys giant robots, time-travel paradoxes, and forcing her son to watch Futurama.

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